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Eugene Hütz, minus his trademark 'stache, and members of Gogol Bordello in Everything Is Illuminated .
Last week, we looked at actors who tried their


The 10 Coolest Musicians In the Movies

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Eugene Hütz, minus his trademark 'stache, and members of Gogol Bordello in Everything Is Illuminated.
Last week, we looked at actors who tried their hands as musicians. But what about stars who have moved in the opposite direction? There have been plenty of successful crossovers, but a lot of them are cheesy as heck (I'm looking at you, Elvis. And Sting. And Cher. You get the picture.) Let's take a look at the coolest musicians who double as actors.

10. Henry Rollins

Punk stalwart Rollins may no longer rock in Black Flag, but the fronting the legendary band did get him his start in film when he appeared in several documentaries about the California punk scene. Since the '80s, he's been in everything from David Lynch's Lost Highway to the Jackass franchise, and most recently showed up as the voice of Kilowog in the animated Green Lantern: Emerald Knights.

9. Jack White

In addition to being a successful musician, record producer, and label exec, White has tried his hand at acting in 2003's Cold Mountain and Coffee and Cigarettes, and even played Elvis in Walk Hard.

8. Mos Def

One of the best MCs to come out of the '90s underground hip hop scene, Mos Def is also one of the only rappers to be similarly acclaimed for his screen presence in films like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Be Kind Rewind, and Cadillac Records.

7. Meat Loaf

Ah, Meat Loaf. The off-the-wall-to-the-extreme musician got his start as the motorcycle-riding Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975 and hasn't looked back since, appearing in more than 30 films including classics like Fight Club and Wayne's World.

6. Steve Earle

The outlaw country great (and father of Justin Townes) has been successful on the small screen, appearing in The Wire and Treme, and contributing songs to both shows.

5. David Bowie

Bowie's been as much of a chameleon in film as he has been in music, playing everything from a vampire to a feared gunfighter to a prisoner of war over a nearly 50-year career. He's also tried his hand at playing other famous people, taking turns as Andy Warhol in Basquiat and Nikola Tesla in The Prestige.

4. Seu Jorge

Speaking of David Bowie, Brazilian musician Seu Jorge may be best known for his Portuguese-language versions of Bowie songs his character played in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic. But it's his portrayal of a gang member in 2002's gritty Brazilian film City of God that really stands out.

3. Eugene Hütz

The Gogol Bordello frontman was the highlight of 2005's Everything Is Illuminated, using his Ukrainian accent to full effect as the misanthropic tour guide/translator Alex. Hütz was also the basis for the disenfranchised rocker-turned-pizza cook of the same name in the black comedy Wristcutters.

2. Björk

There's never been a more heartrending turn than Björk as Selma Ježková, a factory working losing her sight who hopes for a better life for her son, in Lars von Trier's depressing-to-the max musical drama Dancer in the Dark. The one bright spot: As a result, we got to see the swan dress.

1. Tom Waits

Tom Waits has a long career in great indie movies, taking star turns in the Jim Jarmusch films Down By Law and Mystery Train. More recently, he appeared as Kneller in Wristcutters and Mr. Nick in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

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